Assessment Testing

Assessment testing ensures that students have adequate preparation for college-level courses; the results are used to guide students into appropriate classes. Students must have already applied to MCC before taking the test, and tests must be taken prior to registering for classes.

As part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following will be used to determine the appropriate English, math and English as a Second Language (ESL) course placements for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.

  • High school GPA
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores
  • GED scores
  • Writing sample
  • Math Questionnaire
  • Accuplacer scores, if previously taken

Please submit academic transcripts and test scores to the Admissions Office for review.  We will contact you with your next step for course registration.

Questions:  Email Georgette Hyman, Assistant Director, Disability Services and Testing.

Accuplacer  testing will resume when we return to campus.

About the Assessment Test

The test comprises two possible sections. The first section is a computerized test called Accuplacer, where students are tested on mathematics, reading and writing, or their level of English proficiency (LOEP). The second section, the Writing Sample, provides a sample of each student’s writing. This one-hour timed essay is mandatory for all students who place below English 101 on the English portion of the Accuplacer. The Writing Sample is administered on a day separate from the Accuplacer.

Scheduling Your Test

If you need to schedule a new test appointment, cancel or reschedule an existing appointment, click the appropriate button below.

Make an Appointment
Cancel or Confirm an Appointment

Students must bring their Banner student ID number and a photo ID to the test session.   Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to the test; you will not be allowed in after the start time.  Testing is conducted in the LRC B wing.  View the campus map for help in finding the LRC B wing on the second floor in the Learning Resource Center building.

Test Exemption

Students may request an English or math assessment test exemption form by submitting the following evidence to the Admissions office:

Exemption Criteria
  GED ACT Transfer Credit SAT
English Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) with a score of 165-174 English score of 21 or higher, or ACT English and ACT Reading combined score of 47 or higher College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions office Appropriate SAT scores (see guidelines below)
Math Mathematical Reasoning (MR) with a score of 165-174 Math score of 18 or higher College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions office Appropriate SAT scores (see guidelines below)

SAT Score Guidelines

Old SAT scores (taken before March 2016)

  • Critical Reading/Writing: ≥450 for ENG*101
  • Math: ≥500 for MAT*109, 138
  • Math: ≥530 for 146, 148, 158, 165, 172
  • Math: ≥550 for MAT*185, MAT*186
  • Math: ≥650 for MAT*254

New SAT scores (taken March 2016-present)

  • Reading Test: ≥25 for ENG*101
  • Writing & Language Test: ≥26 for ENG*101
  • Math: ≥530 for MAT*109, 138
  • Math: ≥570 for MAT*146, 148, 158, 165, 172
  • Math: ≥620 for MAT*185,  MAT*186
  • Math: ≥670 for MAT*254
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥480 for ENG*B101
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥450 for ENG*B101M
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥400 for ENG*B093
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥360 for ENG*B096
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): <360 for Smart Start

Once the exemption has been processed, the student needs to bring the signed off exemption with them to the actual test appointment.

Students who have completed the Accuplacer test at another college should bring their score report to the Testing Center, SSC Lowe 131, and see the test administrator to see where those scores would place them at MCC.

Planning Your Visit

While the Accuplacer test is untimed, the entire test (both the math and English portions) takes approximately two hours to complete. For planning purposes, expect that you will be at Manchester Community College for around three hours. Please plan your visit with your work and school schedules so that you can complete the test in one sitting.

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Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

The Accuplacer test is an untimed electronic test.  If you feel you need adjustments for the test, you must provide documentation prior to scheduling the assessment test in the Testing Center. No adjustments will be made without this information.  If you have a documented disability, the first step is to send us documentation.  See the link, “Schedule your first appointment”, to learn more about our documentation requirements. To schedule an appointment to discuss your need for adjustments, please email Joseph Navarra.

See the Disability Services page for more details.


The mission of the Testing Center is to provide comprehensive testing services to students, staff and community members. To this end, the center provides a comprehensive and wide range of testing services, as well as a full range of accommodations for students needing disability accommodations. The center’s staff supports students’ academic growth by offering test sessions in a positive environment and works collaboratively with all student development programs in order to provide a professional and centralized Testing Center. For more information about testing, contact Georgette E. Hyman, Assistant Director, Disability Services and Testing, 860-512-3596.